Kelly Clarkson Reveals the 'Bold and Blunt' Sexual Harassment Lessons She Shares With Her Daughters
By Sophie Schillaci
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Kelly Clarkson is pulling no punches when it comes to educating her daughters about sexual harassment and assault.
"I'm real bold and blunt," she told ET's Nancy O'Dell on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday, referencing conversations she's had with her 16-year-old stepdaughter with husband Brandon Blackstock. The couple also shares a 3-year-old daughter, River Rose.
"I'm like, 'First of all, they'll say anything to get there,'" she began with a laugh.
"The men, you're talking about?" O'Dell countered.
"They'll say anything," Clarkson echoed. "And then, two," she continued, "just respect yourself and be bold in your own person, and then others will be forced to."
"Unfortunately, not everyone does, as we've found out," she added. "But I'm really excited to be a part of this solidarity movement tonight."
Clarkson, who joins the NBC family as a coach on the upcoming season of The Voice, donned a black gown with gold accents by Christian Siriano as part of the Time's Up initiative. "I'm really excited that everybody chose black because I look good in that color," she joked. "I was like, 'Please don't pick pink or something!' But, yeah, I [still] would have worn it."
The 35-year-old GRAMMY winner was eager to show her support for the #MeToo movement, in which women from all walks of life have publicly shared their stories of sexual harassment and assault, but admitted to feeling "naive" on the topic.
"I was just really shocked," she said. "I feel really naive saying this, but I had no idea. And I was completely -- I mean, it's grotesque, the stories that have come out. Obviously I have daughters and I don't want this stuff happening. I don't want anybody's kids or anybody struggling like that when you're just trying to make your dream happen. You should be comfortable in your workplace, wherever you are and whatever work environment."
Clarkson is one of countless celebrities wearing black for the awards celebration, including both women and men. Shameless star William H. Macy also showed his support on the red carpet, opening up to ET about wife Felicity Huffman's involvement in Time's Up, and their daughters' fierce devotion to the cause.
"They want action now. They are sort of militant about it. I find myself playing devil's advocate a bit, but they're dedicated and they're in it for the long haul," he said. "I think big changes are coming."